20 items from 2013
Directed by John McTiernan
Forget all the sequels and their increasingly over-the-top set pieces (Chernobyl, really?). The first Die Hard is the one to beat. On top of it being perhaps the all-time greatest action film, it also happens to be the best Christmas movie-ever.
My Christmas tradition with Die Hard began when I was a kid. I never went for White Christmas or Holiday Inn or How the Grinch Stole Christmas but Die Hard, I could get behind. After the first viewing, it just kind of stuck. In my house, it’s not Christmas until the tree is up and we’re watching some sharp looking German robbers have the tables turned on them and get terrorized and outsmarted by a smart aleck New York cop.
Of course, who doesn’t know the plot like the back of their hand by now? »
Welcome to The Hollywood News Advent Calendar! Join us for the next 25 days as we run down the top Christmas movies and guide you to the perfect festive viewing. Featuring some of your favourite Christmas movies and some you’d probably forgotten (maybe even on purpose), but hey, it is Christmas after all… Yippi Ki Ay, Father Christmas…
If you were to come up to me in a bar, and then partake in a drunken conversation, which somehow got onto the subject of Christmas movies, and then if you were to suddenly ask me ‘What’s your favourite Christmas movie?’ I would probably slur back just two words: Die. Hard. You see, I know the 1988 action movie is not a film that involves elves, or even Santa himself (although a ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ does get in there), but every year the film is the very first to go into the »
- Paul Heath
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Not long after A Good Day to Die Hard made more money than most can imagine, word spread that a Mr. Ben Trebilcook was working on a script for a sixth and final Die Hard for one of A Good Day‘s producers. Since Die Hard is basically the greatest movie ever and there didn’t seem to be much official out there with Mr. Trebilcook and his script, I decided to reach out to the man and see what was what (and admittedly try and get some Easter eggs. After all, I am little more than a desperate fan).
Trebilcook’s twitter suggests that the film has been moving forward and, considering the strange history of the scripts to Die Hard movies, Trebilcook’s script to screen story would be rather conventional.
Mr. Trebilcook had some surprising things to say about his script as well »
- Zachary Leeman
Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 7, “Speaking of Baggage”
Directed by Millicent Shelton
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
This week, on Parenthood: Julia holds on by a thread, Camille leaves for Italy, and Amber focuses on work
This season of Parenthood has been an incredibly consistent one, with interesting arcs for most of its characters and great moments for everyone. With so much going on, however, a few arcs have floundered, coming perilously close to cliché due to under-examination and familiar character beats. “Speaking of Baggage” focuses on two of these, giving them overdue attention and emphasizing their lingering, underlying causes: Julia’s struggles at home and Amber and Ryan’s engagement.
Julia’s arc this season has been rather superficially handled. Savvy TV fans see two recognizable, attractive actors of the opposite gender brought into her and her husband’s spheres »
- Kate Kulzick
Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 5: “Let’s Be Mad Together”
Written by Jessica Goldberg
Directed by Dylan K. Massin
Airs Thursdays at 10pm (Est) on NBC
This week, on Parenthood: Joel gets drunk, Crosby gets diapers, and Max gets a great shot
Communication is once again the name of the game as Parenthood continues its strong fifth season. Whereas “Nipple Confusion” focused on the varying forms of communication, from direct confrontation to frank conversations to long-simmering musings, “Let’s Be Mad Together” instead approaches this topic by looking at dysfunctional partnerships, from Joel’s work to Max’s Yearbook woes. A show far more interested in the painful small-scale struggles of day-to-day life than almost any other series on television, Parenthood is no less powerful for embracing this seemingly low-stakes approach. Rather, by eschewing the heightened hysterics of shows like time-slot competitor Scandal (as entertaining as that series continues to »
- Kate Kulzick
Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 3: “Nipple Confusion”
Written by Sarah Watson
Directed by Patrick Norris
Airs Thursdays at 10pm (Est) on NBC
This week, on Parenthood: Drew has a terrible roommate, Sarah graduates to people, and Aida finally stops crying (temporarily)
One of the greatest obstacles in relationships, according to popular wisdom, is lack of communication. It doesn’t matter what kind, failing to listen to what someone is saying, verbally or nonverbally, or make yourself heard in return are surefire ways to allow a friendship, business partnership, or marriage dissolve. There’s always drama to be found in people’s inability to communicate, for one reason or another (horror movies would be over much faster if everyone had cell reception, for example), and yet very few TV shows seem particularly interested in exploring this or in prioritizing open, honest discourse among their characters. As demonstrated this week, Parenthood is »
- Kate Kulzick
• Top 10 romantic movies
Peter Bradshaw on action movies
In some ways, it should be the quintessential cinema genre. After all, what does the director shout at the beginning of a take? Action – at times a euphemism for violence and machismo – evolved into a recognisable genre in the 80s. Gunplay and athleticism resurfaced in a sweatier and more explicitly violent form, with movies such as Sylvester Stallone's First Blood. The hardware was all-important, and the metallic sheen of the guns was something to be savoured alongside the musculature of the heroes. The genre spawned the action hero. These were not pretty-boys there to melt female hearts: they were there to get a roar of approval from the guys. »
Writer-director Jonathan Kaufer, who helmed 1982’s “Soup for One,” starring Saul Rubinek, for Warner Bros., and the 1997 film “Bad Manners,” starring David Strathairn and Bonnie Bedelia, died Oct. 2 in a car accident en route from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. He was 58.
Kaufer was still in his teens attending Sarah Lawrence College when he was hired onto the writing staff of “Mork & Mindy.” Director Howard Zieff brought him into the feature arena, and Kaufer did rewrites on Barbra Streisand starrer “The Main Event” and “Unfaithfully Yours,” starring Dudley Moore.
Survivors include a son, Jordan Maxwell Caufer, from his marriage to actress Pia Zadora (pictured above with Kaufer), and a brother, Scott Kaufer, a former comedy executive at Warner Bros. who has written and produced for TV. »
- Variety Staff
© 2013 – Universal Pictures.
It seems that automobiles have played key roles in films of every genre, from drama to horror to comedy to documentary. In some, like American Graffiti, Rebel without a Cause, and Bonnie and Clyde, the vehicles primarily help set the tone of the era in which the stories are set. In other films the cars themselves are the story. The animated Cars comes to mind, along with the Love Bug series, Christine, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. And then there are films in which the cars have taken their place alongside the human stars as film icons in their own right. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, for instance, as »
- Peter Gareffa
Though it's been in danger of being cancelled each year, Parenthood has survived for five seasons. Will it see a sixth year or will this be the end? We'll have a better idea as the weeks progress.
Airing on NBC since 2010, Parenthood revolves around the lives of the extended Braverman family in Northern California. The ensemble cast includes Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Tyree Brown, Joy Bryant, Max Burkholder, Erika Christensen, Miles Heizer, Sam Jaeger, Monica Potter, Savannah Paige Rae, Xolo Mariduena, Mae Whitman, with Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the »
After losing its way in a shower of bullets, the Die Hard franchise is looking to Rocky for an elegant end to the story
There are probably a million reasons why Die Hard 6 should never be made. Die Hard 5 was terrible. Bruce Willis is too old. John McClane is no longer a recognisable human being. Every time anybody makes a sequel to Die Hard, you feel like your childhood is being stabbed directly in the heart. And so on.
However, it seems that no amount of logic is enough to stop Die Hard 6 from happening. According to reports, Die Hard 6 not only has a prospective title, Die Hardest, but a location, too. This time John McClane will apparently get to wisecrack and explode his way across Tokyo before – as is now traditional in the series – collapsing in an exhausted heap, oblivious to all the sustained human death »
- Stuart Heritage
A little over a month ago, we posted that in celebration of it’s 25th anniversary there will be a Die Hard Marathon showing all four movies starting around Noon on February 13th followed by the premier of A Good Day To Die Hard at 10Pm getting out just before Midnight. That’s almost 12 action-packed hours of Die Hard awesomeness! As you can guess, there was no way I could refuse to take this opportunity to see one of the greatest action-movie series of all time for the first time on the big screen, or make that Mega-Screen since I decided to see this at Wehrenberg’s Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine, which in my opinion is one of the best movie theatres here in the St. Louis area. For $25 you got all five movies plus a collectable lanyard that entitles you to a 25% discount at concessions throughout the whole day and with their wide-selection, »
- Ken Parker
An unshaven man’s rugged face. He’s looking to his right in the general direction of a tall building. It is on fire, and there’s a helicopter falling from the sky after what appears to be a huge explosion. ‘High above the city of L.A. a team of terrorists has seized a building, taken hostages and declared war. One man has managed to escape… an off-duty cop hiding somewhere inside. He’s alone, tired… and the only chance anyone has got.’ This is the poster to the original Die Hard movie, positioned in a video rental store somewhere in South Gloucestershire in 1988. On his way to school is an eleven year old boy, and the startled face of Bruce Willis as John McClane on said poster, is the image that catches his eye. It’s one that remains in his head for many months as he awaits »
- Paul Heath
Hitting theatres this week is A Good Day To Die Hard. The newest film in the Die Hard series has New York Detective John McClane traveling all the way to Russia to help his estranged son Jack, who has been arrested for attempted murder. But once John arrives, he discovers that Jack is actually a CIA agent who is working undercover to foil a terrorist plot that could have serious repercussions on the rest of the world.
The press conference for the film, held a few weeks ago, came at a busy time for both Willis and Courtney. Earlier in the week, they both attended a special presentation at Fox Studios in Century City where a 35 foot mural was unveiled at Stage 8. The mural depicts the classic scene from the original Die Hard where John McClane is crawling through an air duct, and it was done to celebrate that film’s 25th anniversary. »
- Ben Kenber
Bruce Willis reprises his iconic role as police detective John McClane in “A Good Day to Die Hard,” set against the backdrop of deadly corruption in Russia. McClane arrives in Moscow to track down his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney) and is stunned to discover he’s working undercover to protect a government whistle-blower. With their own necks on the line, the McClanes are forced to overcome their differences in order to get their whistle blower to safty and thwart a potentially disastrous crime in the most desolate place on Earth, Chernobyl.
At a recent press conference we spoke to Bruce Willis about doing stunt work 25 years after the original film premiered, bringing back the franchise in 2013, his signature line, playing a character over such a long period of time, and taking the franchise out of the U.S. for the first time and into Russia.
Bruce can you talk »
- Fernando Esquivel
"A Good Day to Die Hard," the fifth film in the "Die Hard" franchise, is a "kind of ageist tryptic." Those were the words of star Bruce Willis back in October of last year when we asked him about once again playing "Die Hard" hero cop John McClane. "How fast can I run? How well can I fight?" Willis rhetorically asked. "There's a story. If you look at all of them from the first film to the one we just did, you see me age over these films."
He's right. Bruce Willis, now 57, isn't the youthful 32-year-old, yippee-ki-yay-yelling action star he was in 1988. (It should come as little surprise, however, that Willis' now-patented yippe-ki-yay taunt does appear in "A Good Day To Die Hard.") Perhaps this is why the newest "Die Hard" film introduces audiences to a brand new McClane -- John McClane Jr., played by Jai Courtney.
You may »
- Mike Ryan
News Simon Brew Feb 11, 2013
Moviehole reports that at a press junket for the film, Willis was asked about whether she's likely to return at any point, given that Die Hard 6 was all but confirmed last week. "I always think about Bonnie Bedelia and having her come back", said the actor. "Those things are unfortunately out of my hands. It has to do with the story".
Hmmm. Given that Bruce Willis has approval over pretty much every aspect of the Die Hard franchise (there's a passage in Kevin Smith's book, My Boring-Ass Life, where he offers an illuminating anecdote »
Next week sees the release of the latest instalment in the immensely successful Die Hard franchise: A Good Day to Die Hard. And the very fact that there is a Die Hard 5 this year naturally begs the question, Will there be a Die Hard 6?
Alex Jones puts the question to him, and Willis simply replies:
And he does so looking pretty happy, almost as if it’s a foregone conclusion.
There’s no official confirmation from the studio, but if the franchise’s leading man says there’s going to be a sixth film, then there’s probably going to be a sixth film. Especially (and here’s where the spoiler alert comes) given the following. »
- Kenji Lloyd
20th Century Fox held a special event on the studio lot yesterday, unveiling an enormous mural of Bruce Willis' John McClane, in celebration of Die Hard's 25th anniversary and the release of A Good Day to Die Hard on February 14. The studio has released a time lapse video that offers a succinct look at this mural's creation, which can be seen on Stage 8 at the Fox lot. Take a look at this interesting video, then read the press release for more information.
Twentieth Century Fox marked the silver anniversary of its blockbuster Die Hard movie franchise on January 31st with a ceremony on the historic studio backlot, during which a massive mural depicting the film's iconic hero John McClane was unveiled in front of Stage 8.
Unfortunately, Parenthood has never been a hit TV show in the ratings. Fortunately, the numbers have been good enough to keep it from being cancelled each year. Will the Braverman family's luck hold out? Time will tell.
An ensemble family drama, the cast includes Bonnie Bedelia, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard, Erika Christensen, Joy Bryant, Lauren Graham, Mae Whitman, Max Burkholder, Miles Heizer, Monica Potter, Peter Krause, Sam Jaeger, Sarah Ramos, Savannah Paige Rae, and Tyree Brown.
Season four of Parenthood typically airs on Tuesdays nights at 10pm on the NBC network. They've ordered 15 episodes.
These are the TV show's ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Parenthood is going to be cancelled or renewed for season five.
The figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark »
20 items from 2013
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